AppHarvest today announced the hiring of Christopher Scott as executive vice president and head of enterprise development. He will be responsible for overseeing the construction and commissioning of new facilities for the AgTech company, which recently opened the first 30 of 60 acres of growing space at its flagship indoor farm in Morehead, Ky.
An Appalachian native, Scott comes to AppHarvest with decades of experience leading facility programs and business development for companies including CBRE, as well as information technology distribution companies Ingram Micro and BrightPoint. He served in a variety of leadership roles over two decades for Ingram Micro and BrightPoint, which was acquired by Ingram Micro for $650 million in 2012. Scott has worked around the world overseeing the development and construction of buildings, including state-of-the-art fulfillment centers incorporating complex automation and technology solutions.
“This is a dream job for me, as AppHarvest is building some of the world’s largest indoor farms and utilizing cutting-edge technology in both construction and operations. As an Appalachian native, it’s incredible to see the impact the company is already making on both agriculture and the region,” Scott said.
Added AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb, “Christopher’s long-time focus on sustainability, including chairing BrightPoint’s sustainability program, demonstrates his commitment to our mission
and values as we seek to redefine American agriculture.”
AppHarvest hires David Lee as president
Along with this appointment, AppHarvest announced the appointment of David Lee as president, reporting to Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb effective Jan. 25. In this newly created role, Lee will develop strategy and engage in operations management, leading the sales, marketing and finance functions as AppHarvest continues to grow as a sustainable fresh foods company.
Lee will join AppHarvest from Impossible Foods where he has served as chief financial officer since December 2015. He is credited with significant growth accomplishments at Impossible Foods including
securing more than $1.3 billion in funding to accelerate manufacturing, product development and distribution into key national grocery, restaurant, and hospitality venues; and to expand in international
markets. Additionally, Lee served as chief operating officer of Impossible Foods from 2015 to 2019, during a period of significant transformation for the company. Lee has served on the board of
directors of AppHarvest since August of 2020 and will continue to serve in that role after the closing of the previously announced business combination of AppHarvest with Novus Capital Corporation.
“David Lee brings decades of experience across retail and consumer industries driving business transformation and optimizing organizational effectiveness from Del Monte to Zynga to Impossible
Foods,” said AppHarvest Founder & CEO Jonathan Webb. “His skillset will help us build AppHarvest into an iconic brand and sustainable foods company that disrupts traditional agriculture to deliver responsibly grown American products with social impact,” Webb said.